Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Dakota County 4-H Recognizes Key Award Recipients

The Minnesota 4-H Key Award in the highest honor a 4-H member can receive. The Key Award represents the accomplishments and leadership contributions a 4-H member has given to their local 4-H club and community, while encouraging them to grow as outstanding citizens.

Dakota County 4-H recognized ten outstanding youth with the MN 4-H Key Award at a banquet on February 9, 2011 sponsored by the South St. Paul Rotary. Recipients include four from Rosemount, one from Farmington, three from Lakeville, one from Randolph and one from Hastings:

Charlie Broback, Rosemount, Happy Go Getters 4-H club - Rosemount Principal: John Wollersheim

Sara Devitt, Rosemount, Dakota Explorers 4-H club
Allison Hawkins, Rosemount, 4-Force 4-H club
Hanna Hawkins, Rosemount, Dakota Whisperers 4-H club
Donnie Drewry, Farmington, Empire Rockets 4-H club - Farmington Principal: Ben Kusch
Kiersten Tepp, Lakeville, Dakota Whisperers 4-H club - Lakeville South Principal: Scott Douglas
Maggie Stiles, Lakeville, Chub Lake Beavers 4-H club
Alicia Butler, Lakeville, Chub Lake Beavers 4-H club
Matthew Duff, Randolph, Hampton B&B 4-H club - Randolph Principal: Ben Fisher
Jordan Shaffer, Hastings, Good Neighbors 4-H club
From the outside it may look like the Key Award is the ribbon or plaque these 4-H members receive, but the Minnesota 4-H Key Award really reflects their success in 4-H. And if you ask the 4-H members what they value the most about 4-H, they will tell you that they enjoy mentoring younger 4-H kids at camp and appreciate the public speaking skills they have gained giving demonstrations at the county fair or meeting youth from across the nation at 4-H sponsored leadership retreats.

Congratulations to all the Minnesota 4-H Key Award recipients on a job well done!

4-H youth across the nation are leading efforts to solve problems in their communities and make a difference for their futures. 4-H is one of the largest youth development organizations in Minnesota and the largest in the nation with six million young people. 4-H in Dakota County claims almost 1,000 members, and 425 adult volunteers. It is ranked the largest county 4-H program in Minnesota. 4-H, as part of the University of Minnesota Extension, is a program where youth learn through opportunities that provide them hands-on experiences in 4-H’s mission mandates of science, engineering and technology; healthy living; and citizenship. The program promotes life skills using your head, heart, hands and health. 4-H has connected youth and their communities with the innovative research and resources from our nation’s 106 land-grant universities and colleges for more than 100 years.

To find out more information about 4-H, or to locate a 4-H club in your area, visit the Dakota County 4-H website at www.extension.umn.edu/county/dakota/ and click on ‘4-H in Dakota County,’ or contact Dakota County 4-H at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington at 651-480-7700 or mnext-dakota@umn.edu.

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